Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Miracles to Test Them

I am still reading in Exodus some in my devotional time and I saw where God tested the people.

Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not." Ex 16:4

The people were tested by hardship and impossible situations regularly, and they failed regularly, and they complained regularly against Moses, Aaron, but ultimately against God. But in this passage, Moses told them that God heard their complaints and would provide.

Here God tells Moses He would rain down bread from heaven to test the people to see if they were really walking with Me and obeying Me. He was going to test them with blessings and provision rather than hardship! He wanted to see if they really trusted Him, really believed He was for their good and able to provide, really would give Him the glory, and really would do as He instructed (which was to only gather enough for the day), when things were grand. Again, many of them failed, and gave Him no glory. This pattern of faithlessness eventually cost them 40 years in the wilderness and hundreds of thousands of lives.

Wonder if God has/is testing many of us with blessing to see if we really trust God? What if we have a financial windfall, and if we really trust Him, we might give it away rather than store it up? The manna rotted if they stored it up. What if God is testing the American church, being the richest church in the world, to see if they really will "go unto all nations and make disciples?"

Wonder if we pass or fail? Do we give Him real glory for our blessing or lip service? Do we obey His word in good seasons, or only in bad ones? Do we forget Him if we think that we don't need Him? What will it cost us?

Be a good steward of your blessings and miracles!

1 comment:

  1. Jason,

    Very good point. Thanks for this post. I think we often assume that a "windfall" indicates God's blessings, and that those blessings are intended for our own consumption. Like you, I don't think that is necessarily true.